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Mongolian National Olympic Committee honors B.Sumiya

By B.TUNGALAG

 

The Mongolian National Olympic Committee (MNOC) welcomed International Sports Master B.Sumiya who won a gold medal at the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games and her coach D.Enkhbayar on Thursday.

The Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games was held in Lillehammer, Norway from February 12 to 21.

President of the MNOC D.Zagdsuren, vice president of the MNOC J.Khatanbaatar and president of the Skating Union of Mongolia O.Erdene-Ulzii attended the ceremony and paid honor to B.Sumiya.

President D.Zagdsuren said, “Congratulations on your victory. I hope this gold medal captured by B.Sumiya encouraged many young skaters of Mongolia.”

B.Sumiya made Olympic history by earning Mongolia’s first gold medal in a Winter Olympics Game. She won a gold medal at the first mixed team competition, which bring together young men and women from different countries in a randomly formed team.

B.Sumiya’s team won a gold medal in the mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) team sprint category of speed skating at the Youth Olympic Games on February 17.

 

Below is an interview with B.Sumiya.

 

You became the first Mongolian athlete to win a gold medal from a Winter Olympic Game. How do you feel?

 

I am very happy that I chose skating and achieved success. I made history in winter sports of Mongolia, however, I won a gold medal in the mixed NOC team sprint category of speed skating. My purpose was to seize a gold medal after our team was formed. I encouraged myself to not lose that chance. My team has very formidable athletes, who are the top in their respective countries.

 

I heard you trained with foreign athletes of your team for only one day. Coach D.Enkhbayar was selected as coach of Team Six. How did this happen?

 

A total of 13 teams raced in the mixed NOC team sprint category of speed skating. Each team had four members (two male and two female). The mixed NOC team sprint event took place on February 17. The organizers listed athletes by their achievement, and divided us into 13 teams. I was included in Team Six with athletes from South Korea, China and Italy. Coaches of each team was selected through a lottery. D.Enkhbayar was chosen as Team Six coach. We had training a day before the contest. The team sprint category is very difficult. But we understood each other in a very short time and succeeded.

Some teams had very strong athletes. The team category was very competitive. Out team crossed 1.6 km distance within one minute and 57 seconds.

 

With whom did you celebrate your success first?

 

I celebrated with the Italian skater who was in Team Six. We shouted “We did it!” That moment was amazing. After that, we congratulated the other two athletes in Team Six. I have known the Italian athlete for a long time. We met each other during last year’s World Cup. She is a very good athlete.

Then I sent a message to my mom. I hope my success encouraged young people.

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